The NBA announced that it would be adding the Miami Heat’s Norris Cole would be added to the Rising Stars Challenge that takes place during All-Star Weekend. The game is reserved for first and second year players.
Cole is ranked seventh in the league in rookie scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game, and he is tied for seventh in assists, dishing out 2.4 per game. He becomes the seventh Heat player to participate in the rookie-sophomore game, joining Michael Beasley, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Caron Butler, Kurt Thomas and Khalid Reeves.
Miami now has six players going to All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Cole will play on Friday the 24th in the Rising Stars Challenge, Mario Chalmers and James Jones will participate in All-Star Saturday’s 3-point shootout, and LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will play on Sunday in the main event, the NBA All-Star Game.
In past years, NBA rookies would be pitted against second year players in the Friday night game, but this year things will be a little different. All the first and second year participants were ‘drafted’ onto teams that will be coached by TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. The draft took place on Thursday night, and here are the teams:
Team Shaq: Norris Cole, Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Kemba Walker, Markieff Morris, Landry Fields, Greg Monroe, Tristan Thompson and Brandon Knight.
Team Barkley: Kyrie Irving, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Derrick Williams, MarShon Brooks, Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward and Evan Turner.